Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 28 SEPTEMBER 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 21 SEPTEMBER 2015
C2913 Improvement Plan Part 2: Annual Review of Performance 2014-15 and Local Government Performance 2014-15 (L) (Scrutiny committee – Corporate Resources) -
Cabinet was presented with the draft Improvement Plan Part 2: Annual Review of Performance 2014/15, which contained performance and improvement information for Improvement Objectives agreed in April 2014. The report also outlined the findings of the Local Government Data Unit Wales in its report of Local Government Performance 2014/15.
The Council's Part 1 Improvement Plan for 2014-15 was agreed by Cabinet on 28 April, 2014; this was required by the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009. The Plan was forward looking, and set eight Improvement Objectives for 2014-15. The Local Government Data Unit Wales published annually a Local Government Performance Report which outlined the performance of Welsh authorities across a range of indicators.
The Part 2 Improvement Plan was a document primarily looking back over 2014-15. It contained key performance information which helped demonstrate progress towards achievement of the Council’s Improvement Objectives. The Plan also reported the Council’s performance against a range of services as measured by national performance indicators collected and published annually by Welsh Government and the Local Government Data Unit. A copy of the Part 2 Improvement Plan, referred to in the report as Appendix 1, was available online and in Member’s Room.
The report concluded that overall, the Council had been successful in achieving the great majority of the positive outcomes intended in the Improvement Objectives for 2014-15, despite challenging financial times. Eight of the Improvement Objectives set for the year were judged to have been achieved. However, the majority also remained long term strategic priorities for the Council and the success achieved in 2014-15 represented the start of what would be a long programme of initiatives to continually improve services for citizens of the Vale.
The report summarised the Council’s performance on the 8 Improvement Objectives and 46 national performance indicators. The performance of the Council was also considered in the Local Government Data Unit Wales annual report 2014-15. The annual report looked at a range of indicators and assessed the performance of individual authorities. The report indicated that the Vale of Glamorgan Council was ranked as the top performing Council (with the same number of top or upper quartile indicators as Ceredigion). By way of outline, the Council had been placed in the top group of authorities for 48% of comparable indicators. A total of 50% of the indicators were an improvement on 2013-14. A copy of the Local Government Performance Bulletin, referred to in the report as Appendix 2, was available online and in the Members room. A copy had also been placed on the Council's staffnet.
After this item had been presented, the Managing Director drew attention to Paragraph 27 of the report which contained the Wales wide analysis of Council performance across a range of indicators. The data showed that the Council was performing very well compared to other Councils, with a significant number of indicators in the top quartile. He added that despite budget pressures the Council was focusing on delivering excellent front line services.
This was a matter for Executive and Council decision
(1) T H A T the Improvement Plan Part 2: Annual Review of Performance for 2014-15, referred to in the report as Appendix 1, be endorsed and referred to Council for approval.
(2) T H A T the publication of the Local Government Data Unit Wales report on Local Government Performance 2014-15, referred to in the report as Appendix 2, be noted.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To meet the requirements of the Local Government (Wales) Measure to publish an annual review of Council performance and ensure that action was taken to continually improve.
(2) To apprise Cabinet of the performance of the Vale of Glamorgan Council relative to other Welsh authorities during 2014-15.